ABSTRACT

Certainly, many serious bloggers do independent reporting, consult and link to primary sources, verify facts, and maintain high ethical standards, just as professional journalists do. There is much that is personal and practical in the remarkable blog Zimbabwe, from a piece in early 2015 on reusable menstrual pads to another on "Unsilencing Depression". However, then, everyday life for women in this struggling African nation is very different than it is for women in developed Western nations. Begun by Fungai Machirori in 2012 "to harness the potential of digital media to share and tell Zimbabwean women's stories", the blog and its writers are voices of substance, style, and courage in a politically unsettled land. Anything happening that's important or interesting can be the subject of a news blog. This is sometimes called "accountability journalism", where the journalist acts as a watchdog of government.